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Champion of social investment receives prestigious award

Surrey alumnus Data Dr Kim Tan has received an award from the Beacon Fellowship in recognition of the impact of his global social investment.

Dato Dr Kim Tan, second right, with other Beacon Awards winners

The Beacon Awards celebrates exceptional philanthropists who change the world we live in through inspirational and strategic philanthropic investments of time, knowledge and resource.

By highlighting a range of pioneering approaches to giving, the organisation aspires to positively influence the philanthropy of future generations.

Dato Kim completed his undergraduate, postgraduate and post-doctoral studies in biochemistry at the University of Surrey.  A University Council member, Dato Kim is Chairman of SpringHill Management, a fund management company specialising in biotech and social venture capital investments.

As co-founder of the Transformational Business Network (TBN), a UK charity with over 70 social transformational businesses in developing countries, he drives change by supporting projects that create jobs, empower the poor and transform communities.

He is the founder of the Kuzuko Game Reserve in South Africa, a 40,000-acre conservation and social transformation project set up to stimulate economic activities in an area of high unemployment. The project has been a tremendous benefit to the economic, social and environmental sectors in the country and champions how business can be a powerful force for transformation in deprived areas.

In line with his keen interest in social enterprise, Dato Kim also serves as a partner and advisor to a number of social impact funds, including Springhill Equity Partners (US), Novastar Ventures (Kenya), Inqo Investments (South Africa), Truestone Impact Investment (UK) and Garden Impact Investment (Singapore).

The Beacon Awards 2017 marked their tenth anniversary this year and in that time have celebrated philanthropists from all backgrounds and fields.

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